As North Korean refugee Bon-Hwa slipped under the water, she couldn’t keep back her tears. The day she had waited for so long since she trusted Jesus in a secret Bible study was finally happening. For two long years, she had begged to be baptized.
Bon-Hwa’s secret baptism took some planning. She, a pastor and her Bible group leader traveled separately to an Open Doors safe house in a remote area. They didn’t want to risk her being caught and repatriated to North Korea.
In more than 60 countries around the world, believers like Bon-Hwa are taking life-threatening risks to make a public profession of their faith in Christ. Sometimes, as in Bon-Hwa’s case, only three people gather together; other times a small group is there to witness these spiritual milestones. Regardless of the circumstances, these holy moments are mixed with great joy and the knowledge that their decision to live for Christ will likely mean they will also suffer for Him.
Each time our field partners share a story, photo or video of new believers being baptized, we recognize both the beauty and gravity of that scene. We hope this collection of stories, photos and videos encourages you in your faith and also compels you to pray with these new believers. The decision to be baptized and step into the water isn’t made lightly—but always with great joy.
“He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).